Kyiv: We Liquidated 50 “Russian Occupiers”, Moscow: We Neutralized Ukraine's Air Defenses

Russia has launched a full-scale air and ground operation against Ukraine. A series of explosions shook a number of cities in all parts of the country at 5 a.m. this morning, and then Russian troops invaded Ukraine from three sides - the borders with Belarus and the border with Russia and the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Invasion of Ukraine: Missiles and Air Raid Sirens in Kyiv

Russia is attacking Ukraine - its troops have crossed our northern borders, journalist Yuriy Butusov was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.

"Military sites across the country have been attacked, primarily parts of the (Ukrainian) air defense and control systems," he wrote.

"Ukraine's armed forces are resisting," Butusov added.

Powerful Explosions in Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Odessa, Mariupol and Kramatorsk

Powerful explosions were heard this morning in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the southern city of Odessa and the eastern cities of Mariupol and Kramatorsk after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation against the country, AFP reporters at the scene said.

Invasion of Ukraine: Putin Decided to Conduct "Special Operation to Protect Donbas"

Lufthansa stops Flights to Kyiv and Odessa

German airline Lufthansa has announced that it will suspend flights to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv from tomorrow due to growing fears of a Russian invasion.

The airline said it would also suspend flights to Odessa, a key Black Sea port.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority at all times," Lufthansa said.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy calls on Putin to meet as tensions soar

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, facing a sharp spike in violence in and around territory held by Russia-backed rebels and increasingly dire warnings that Russia plans to invade, on Saturday called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet him and seek resolution to the crisis.

Ukrainians deploying S-300, in preparation for an offensive? PHOTO

This was stated by the Deputy Chief of the People's Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), Eduard Basurin.
"According to our information, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are carrying out activities that we consider preparations for offensive operations," Basurin wrote on the Telegram channel of the DNR militia.

‘Ukraine’s Tom Waits’ Keeps Sound of Jewish Odessa Alive

Before the Russian Revolution, Odessa was a kind of New Orleans on the Black Sea - a duty-free haven with a thriving black market and teeming port-side taverns, where you could hear a variety of musical styles: Greek, Roma, Armenian, Georgian. It was famous for its distinctive mélange. It also had a large Jewish community - bankers, workers and Jewish gangsters all lived there.